President Kiir Pardons Lam Akol, Other Militia Leaders

This article was last updated on May 25, 2022

Abdon Agau, the Secretary General of the South Sudan government told Gurtong that that the order released by the President is unconditional.

“But it is assumed generally that if you had been in trouble and you are forgiven you may now behave yourself and not again continue in the old ways that had put you in trouble with the State,” Agau added.

He pointed out that the opposition and militia leaders pardoned were; Dr. Lam Akol, the leader of the main opposition – Sudan People’s Liberation Movement for Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) and Peter Abdel Rahaman Sule, who heads the United Democratic Front (UDF).

While Akol, a challenger to Kiir during the Sudan’s 2010 Presidential elections was accused of allegedly supporting a rebellion in his state of Upper Nile to destabilize the country, Sule ran into trouble when he and nine others were arrested in November 2011 accused of starting a rebellion in Western Equatoria state.

Other militia leaders pardoned include; Gabriel Tanginye, Gatwech Dual, Mabor Dhol and Gatwech Gach.

The leaders were ex-Generals in the then SPLA rebel group but now South Sudan army and were accused in the past as agents and “mercenaries of Sudan”.

Rights groups have welcomed the move; saying arresting and detaining the leaders “has been a violation of their rights.”

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